Music in Popular Culture

Deadline: 1 June 2017
Conference dates: 27-28 October 2017

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is seeking paper
proposals on Music in Popular Culture for its fall conference. Possible
topics include, but are not limited to:
- Music as both an art form and a system of representation and communication
- Music within the context of history, politics, economics, religion,
philosophy, psychology, sociology, etc.
- The role of genre in American music
- How musical production and performance can function as a form of
social/cultural expression and identity
- How some of the most popular musical genres reflect American social and
cultural ideologies
- How technology (including various modes of industry, transportation,
communication, and entertainment) has affected the evolution of American

Please submit your paper proposals by following the 2017 Paper Proposals
link at You should alert area chair
Cory Matieyshen (cmatieyshen -at- that you have put forth a
proposal. You may also contact the area chair for advice on shaping your
proposal and (ultimately) your presentation.

NEPCA presentations are generally 15-20 minutes in length and may be
delivered either formally or informally. It also sponsors flash
presentations based on the PechaKucha model: 20 slides, 20 seconds per
slide, 7 minutes in total (see for more
information). NEPCA prides itself on holding conferences that emphasize
sharing ideas in a non-competitive and supportive environment consisting of
graduate students, independent scholars, junior faculty, and senior


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